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New York City Art Museum Adds Video Games Collection

JupiterImages/Brand X Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Are video games art?  The Museum of Modern Art in New York City definitely thinks so, and has selected Pac-Man, Tetris and 12 other video games for inclusion into its Architecture and Design collection.

In announcing the acquisition, the museum published a statement on its blog, saying the video games selected are “outstanding examples of interaction design -- a field.”

The museum says the criteria for selection emphasizes “not only the visual quality and aesthetic experience of each game, but also the many other aspects -- from the elegance of the code to the design of the player’s behavior -- that pertain to interaction design.”

In many cases, the video games will be playable so museum visitors can get the full experience, but a spokesman said the MoMA won’t be turned into an arcade.

Here’s a list of the games selected for exhibit at the MoMA and the year they debuted:

  • Pac-Man (1980)
  • Tetris (1984)
  • Another World (1991)
  • Myst (1993)
  • SimCity 2000 (1994)
  • vib-ribbon (1999)
  • The Sims (2000)
  • Katamari Damacy (2004)
  • EVE Online (2003)
  • Dwarf Fortress (2006)
  • Portal (2007)
  • flOw (2006)
  • Passage (2008)
  • Canabalt (2009)

The museum says the 14 games selected are part of an initial wish list of some 40 games to be acquired in the near future for a new category of artworks.  The games will go on display in March 2013.

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